Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum

Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as The German Settlement.

Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history w

Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history w

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Our August 2021 Newsletter is now available, featuring the American Revolution -- with coverage of the July 24 Patriot g...
08/05/2021

Our August 2021 Newsletter is now available, featuring the American Revolution -- with coverage of the July 24 Patriot grave-marking and materials from our 2011 lecture on the German Settlement in the Revolutionary War. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-august-2021-newletter-is-now-available/

Our August 2021 Newsletter is now available, featuring the American Revolution -- with coverage of the July 24 Patriot grave-marking and materials from our 2011 lecture on the German Settlement in the Revolutionary War. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-august-2021-newletter-is-now-available/

Our July newsletter is now available!http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-july-2021-newsletter-is-...
07/03/2021
Our July 2021 newsletter is here! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our July newsletter is now available!
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-july-2021-newsletter-is-here/

Our July 2021 newsletter is here! July 3, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our monthly newsletter for July 2021 has just been published. It features reports on the Museum reopening on August 3, and plans to resume our monthly lecture series, as well as the annual Lovettsville Elementary School history...

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence in LovettsvilleJuly 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker PavilionDo you...
06/28/2021

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Lovettsville
July 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion

Do you and your family want to celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion? Then come to Lovettsville to participate in a Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 3. History educators, community leaders, and members of the public will join their voices to read the Declaration aloud on Saturday, July 3rd, at 10 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion on the Town Green in Lovettsville, Virginia.
Following the reading, we will hold a symbolic signing of the Declaration.
The event is free, and open to the public. All are welcome. The reading is sponsored by the History Educators Network and the Lovettsville Historical Society.
The first modern-day Public Reading in Lovettsville was held on July 4, 2019, at St. James United Church of Christ. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Public Reading last year. This year, we resume the tradition, but at a different venue -- the Walker Pavilion.
For more information, please contact Eirik Harteis at [email protected].
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Photo: some of the readers in the 2019 Public Reading. From left to right: Edward Spannaus, Tracy Gillespie, Tanja Woldt, Katherine Corrado, Nancy Spannaus, Effie Hall, Rich Gillespie, and Eirik Harteis.

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Lovettsville
July 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion

Do you and your family want to celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion? Then come to Lovettsville to participate in a Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 3. History educators, community leaders, and members of the public will join their voices to read the Declaration aloud on Saturday, July 3rd, at 10 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion on the Town Green in Lovettsville, Virginia.
Following the reading, we will hold a symbolic signing of the Declaration.
The event is free, and open to the public. All are welcome. The reading is sponsored by the History Educators Network and the Lovettsville Historical Society.
The first modern-day Public Reading in Lovettsville was held on July 4, 2019, at St. James United Church of Christ. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Public Reading last year. This year, we resume the tradition, but at a different venue -- the Walker Pavilion.
For more information, please contact Eirik Harteis at [email protected].
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Photo: some of the readers in the 2019 Public Reading. From left to right: Edward Spannaus, Tracy Gillespie, Tanja Woldt, Katherine Corrado, Nancy Spannaus, Effie Hall, Rich Gillespie, and Eirik Harteis.

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg June...
06/25/2021

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at Ida Lee Park. Pictured are Claudette Bard, Ed Bard, and Ed Spannaus. We were spreading the word about our campaign to restore the Mount Sinai Cemetery, and looking for more family and descendants of those buried there. One of those buried at Mount Sinai, Pvt. Samuel Timbers of the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, has a direct connection to Juneteenth. His regiment was in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and, by some accounts, saw that enslaved persons had not been emancipated yet, and urged Gen. Gordon Granger to issue his General Order No. 3, enforcing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. For more on Private Timbers and why his regiment was in Texas see “Remembering Private Samuel Benjamin Timbers” on the Lovettsville Historical Society website. (photo: Irvin Greene)

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at Ida Lee Park. Pictured are Claudette Bard, Ed Bard, and Ed Spannaus. We were spreading the word about our campaign to restore the Mount Sinai Cemetery, and looking for more family and descendants of those buried there. One of those buried at Mount Sinai, Pvt. Samuel Timbers of the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, has a direct connection to Juneteenth. His regiment was in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and, by some accounts, saw that enslaved persons had not been emancipated yet, and urged Gen. Gordon Granger to issue his General Order No. 3, enforcing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. For more on Private Timbers and why his regiment was in Texas see “Remembering Private Samuel Benjamin Timbers” on the Lovettsville Historical Society website. (photo: Irvin Greene)

Our June 2021 Newsletter is now, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill's largest known cave, and how w...
06/05/2021

Our June 2021 Newsletter is now, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill's largest known cave, and how we have discovered more Revolutionary War Patriots in Lovettsville. Plus an obituary for Dr. Herbert Trexler, a mainstay of Lovettsville's Oktoberfest, and a feature story on the Rev. Emory Timbers, one of those who was nurtured by the Mount Sinai church and cemetery at Little Britain. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-june-newsletter-is-out/

Our June 2021 Newsletter is now, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill's largest known cave, and how we have discovered more Revolutionary War Patriots in Lovettsville. Plus an obituary for Dr. Herbert Trexler, a mainstay of Lovettsville's Oktoberfest, and a feature story on the Rev. Emory Timbers, one of those who was nurtured by the Mount Sinai church and cemetery at Little Britain. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-june-newsletter-is-out/

Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available. Includes the story of taverns in old Lovettsville, and updates on the campaign...
05/05/2021
Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available. Includes the story of taverns in old Lovettsville, and updates on the campaign to restore the Mount Sinai Cemetery at Little Britain. And our always-popular calendar of nearby -- mostly virtual -- events of interest. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-may-2021-newsletter-is-now-available/

Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available May 5, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our May Newsletter is now available. View it here.  

Family & Friends Clear and Clean Mount Sinai Cemetery -- April 10
04/15/2021

Family & Friends Clear and Clean Mount Sinai Cemetery -- April 10

April 2021 newsletter has just been launched!  Our latest newsletter issue, for April 2021, is now available.  One of th...
04/03/2021
Our April 2021 Newsletter is Now Available! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

April 2021 newsletter has just been launched! Our latest newsletter issue, for April 2021, is now available. One of the history features is about the Hawker log store, and how it made its way from Sunnyside, a community in southeast Frederick County MD, to Lovettsville. And we continue the story of the Mount Sinai Church and Cemetery at Little Britain, along with a news update about the Family and Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, which is asking the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for assistance in carrying out the restoration of this abandoned and neglected graveyard. Get the newsletter here https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=505152bd0e6e82e1cbc019d3c&id=5b52435037 or from our website http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-april-2021-newsletter-is-now-available/

Our April 2021 Newsletter is Now Available! April 3, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our latest newsletter issue, for April 2021, is now available. One of the history features is about the Hawker log store, and how it made its way from Sunnyside, a community in southeast Frederick County MD, to Lovet...

Our March newsletter is now available.  It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer, and on ...
03/05/2021
Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our March newsletter is now available. It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer, and on Mount Sinai Cemetery -- both announcing that family and friends of Mount Sinai are planning a cemetery clean-up, as well as more of our ongoing research on those interred at this historic but neglected cemetery And as always, a compilation of nearby (mostly virtual) events of historical interest. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-march-2021-newsletter-is-now-available/

Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available! March 5, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our latest newsletter, for March 2021, is now available. It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman’s Creek Pioneer, and on Mount Sinai Cemetery — both announcing that family and friends of Mount Sin...

Our January 2021 Newsletter is now available -- with news and updates about the Lovettsville Historical Society,  histor...
01/11/2021
News from the Lovettsville Historical Society

Our January 2021 Newsletter is now available -- with news and updates about the Lovettsville Historical Society, history features on the Ruse/Reed farmstead on the Lovettsville Community Park property, more history of the Ruse family (whose history shows many features common to our early German settlers), and a follow-up on those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery at Britain, near Lovettsville. And don't miss our popular "Nearby Events" column, which keeps you apprised of nearby history events, mostly virtual, which you can see and participate in online. https://mailchi.mp/8a50b088e47d/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

A New Year's Letter to our Friends and Supporters   While we look forward to a better year in 2021, we’d like to bring you all up-to-date on where things stand with the LHS, as we close out this year of disruption and closings. Activities. Like all other similar organizations, we had to shut down...

Don't miss our December Newsletter. Lots of interesting history of the Lovettsville area.  More stories of those interre...
12/13/2020

Don't miss our December Newsletter. Lots of interesting history of the Lovettsville area. More stories of those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery at Little Britain on Mountain Road opens this issue. Then, taking off from an article borrowed from the Waterford Foundation newsletter, about politics getting a bit out of hand in Waterford, and a fracas with visitors from Lovettsville, we took a look at one of those involved -- Charles Johnson. Investigating his life produced a story "The Spy Who Walked a Crooked Line," about one of the more colorful characters in our local history. Sam Kroiz then brings us up to date on the Johnsons, the Georges, and other related families. https://mailchi.mp/2c70f7908a60/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Don't miss our December Newsletter. Lots of interesting history of the Lovettsville area. More stories of those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery at Little Britain on Mountain Road opens this issue. Then, taking off from an article borrowed from the Waterford Foundation newsletter, about politics getting a bit out of hand in Waterford, and a fracas with visitors from Lovettsville, we took a look at one of those involved -- Charles Johnson. Investigating his life produced a story "The Spy Who Walked a Crooked Line," about one of the more colorful characters in our local history. Sam Kroiz then brings us up to date on the Johnsons, the Georges, and other related families. https://mailchi.mp/2c70f7908a60/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our November newsletter is now out!  The feature is a remembrance of Civil War soldier PVT Samuel Timbers (29th U.S.C.I....
11/03/2020

Our November newsletter is now out! The feature is a remembrance of Civil War soldier PVT Samuel Timbers (29th U.S.C.I.) by his great-grandson Howard Gilbert Timbers. Also we highlight the mystery of the suddenly re-appearing grave markers at the Old Berlin Cemetery in Brunswick. And we publish the text of Mike Zapf's tribute to former Mayor Elaine Walker, delivered at her memorial service on behalf of the Lovettsville Historical Society. https://mailchi.mp/73af88e691a3/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available and is ready for your reading enjoyment. This issue features an article on ...
10/03/2020

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available and is ready for your reading enjoyment. This issue features an article on the World War II Gold Star Service Flag at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church; a new feature on "Hidden History: the Mount Sinai church and cemetery at "Little Britain;" and a follow-up to the "Right to Vote" feature on the 1890s voter register, that was in our last issue. https://mailchi.mp/88e99ff60408/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our September 2020 Newsletter is ready, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This issue features the 120-year-old registe...
09/05/2020
News from the Lovettsville Historical Society

Our September 2020 Newsletter is ready, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This issue features the 120-year-old register of Black voters in Lovettsville found in the Lovettsville Museum, and stories about those listed in the register from a descendant. https://mailchi.mp/fec6e49c70be/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Lovettsville Museum is open, by appointment The Lovettsville Museum is now open  to those making an advance appointment.  After reviewing the Governor’s “Safer at Home: Phase Three” requirements and guidelines, we do not believe that we have adequate staffing or facilities to be able to ...

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched!  This issue features an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum, highl...
08/01/2020
Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! This issue features an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum, highlighting the part that Lovettsville farming has played in the story the Farm Museum tells. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/?p=3924&preview=true

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! August 1, 2020 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our August Newsletter is now available, featuring an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum and the role that Lovettsville-area farming plays in the story it tells. Get the Newsletter here.  

Can you identify this Lovettsville-area store, believed to be in the mid-1930s? If you think you know who -- or where --...
07/15/2020

Can you identify this Lovettsville-area store, believed to be in the mid-1930s? If you think you know who -- or where -- this is, submit your answer to [email protected], with the caption "History Mystery."

“Voices of Lovettsville” -- Tell us your coronavirus stories!The Lovettsville Historical Society is sponsoring an exciti...
07/07/2020

“Voices of Lovettsville” -- Tell us your coronavirus stories!

The Lovettsville Historical Society is sponsoring an exciting new project, called “Voices of Lovettsville,” to collect stories of our local citizens' experiences during these extraordinary times of the coronavirus. Sheryl Frye has volunteered to lead this project over the next few months. She will be conducting interviews with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

First-hand accounts of people’s personal experiences can convey so much more historically than just facts and figures. Through these interviews, Sheryl is hoping to capture -- for future generations -- how this pandemic, and our responses to it, are affecting people in the Lovettsville area.

Interviews (at a social distance) will be done with those that are interested in participating. These will be non-political and experience-based interviews, with no more than 12 questions. Basic demographic data will also be collected to help the Historical Society organize these interviews.

Once the interviews are completed, the recordings and transcriptions will be held by the Historical Society & Museum for preservation and possible publishing. If you are interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact Sheryl at the [email protected] address, and she will set up a time to meet with you.

If you would prefer, you may just write down your stories yourself, and submit them to Sheryl at the above email address, or snail-mail them to the Lovettsville Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Lovettsville VA 20180.

If you’d like to help out with transcribing interviews and writing, let us know at the email address above.

Please join us in this effort, ask your friends and neighbors to participate as well, and help us promote this project!

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4 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Lovettsville, VA
20180

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The Museum is open Saturdays from 1pm-4pm, or by appointment

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1pm - 4pm

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(703) 727-9758

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Lovettsville is the only town or village in Loudoun County, Virginia with a museum dedicated to preserving its own civic history. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance. We are located at 4 East Pennsylvania Avenue, next to Town Hall, open Saturdays 1:00-4:00 or by appointment.

Attend our popular monthly history lectures at St. James UCC in Lovettsville. Visit us online to see the upcoming schedule of lectures at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org.

The Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum also publishes a free monthly email newsletter with feature articles pulled from the scrapbooks in our museum's archives, plus announcements of upcoming local history lectures, and events of local interest. Don't miss out on the fun! Email [email protected] and ask to be added to our e-Mailing List.

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My father's name Lester Wesley Richard Jacobs fought on the USS Pasadena in WWII and his name is not on the list of veterans. My Uncle Russell Frances Jacobs fought in the Korean War and his name is not listed either. My parents business is not in the historical society list, Aunt Nellie's Kitchen. ~~~ The restaurant is half restaurant now and other businesses. My grandfather's business is not in the history either, Owen Jacobs garage. ~~~~ My grandfather's gas station right next to the restaurant is not in the mention of Lovettsville's history either. WHY?
The Short Hill Mountain Boys will be playing their fab bluegrass, and the event is a fundraiser for the Lovettsville Historical Society. Win-Win!! Only 18 tickets remaining at this moment, so hurry!
Will anyone be available on the 18th of August at the museum to receive some old photos for scanning from a Wenner family member? Toni Wenner Smith will be in town and wants to drop off her family photos.
(*!*) The Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum was at the 101st Annual Lovettsville Alumni Banquet (*!*)
I'm interested in information about the drought that occurred in the 1930's. Word of mouth has told me that "all" or many of the local springs had dried and the town's people came to our spring (on Featherbed Lane) for water.....do you have local news paper from the time that I can research?
Found this article on page 3 of the Leesburg Genius of Liberty newspaper dated June 6, 1835.
I noticed significant wind damage to the roof on the African-American Methodist Episcopal Church this morning. I was not sure who to reach out to, but about half of the tin on the north side is peeled back/missing.
This is a photo of J.P.Moore,1st Officer of PCA crash.
Curious as to the exact location of Luther Potterfield’s farm where John Mobberly met his fate.
Another History Mystery: Do you know whose church this was? (Hint: There's more than one answer.) Where it was located? And why was it the subject of two court cases? And what finally happened to it? Come to our lecture on Lovettsville's Methodist Churches, this Sunday, September 17 at 2:00, to find out more.
Great private showing tonight at the Lovettsville Museum, thank you Melani Carty. Andru-Scot Spangler and I had too much fun trying on the vintage hats. I did not know there was a Lovettsville Baseball Team in 1937, so much history to see, experience and learn. They will be open on Oktoberfest, Sept 23rd. They will be selling postcards and historical maps by Eugene Scheel. Dog watering station for our 4 legged-friends and plenty of hands-on kid friendly things to learn and experience. Right across from the beer ticket booth with free festival maps. Stop by and check out how cool Lovettsville has always been!